Comms and General Assistant

Forest of Avon Trust
23,000 pro rata
Contract Type: 
Part Time
Contract Details: 
One year fixed term with option to renew annually thereafter
Details of Role: 

The Forest of Avon Trust is the West of England’s tree charity, an independent charity and one of a national network of England’s Community Forests, connecting people with their local trees and creating new woodland.

We are growing our work and impact through implementing the Forest of Avon Plan: A Tree and Woodland Strategy for the West of England launched through a wide scale partnership in June 2021, delivering a multi-million pound Defra Nature for Climate tree planting programme, as well as delivering a growing series of courses in woodland health and wellbeing.

We work across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Our main activities are based around tree planting, woodland management, delivering health and wellbeing activities, education and training.

We are looking for someone to suit a varied role to deliver our communications primarily and to support the team in a general assistant role. This also includes feeding into the national England’s Community Forest communications work.

We are offering a one year fixed term contract, starting as soon as possible. The intention is that the contract will be annually renewable, subject to ongoing funding.


Job Details:

  • 4 days per week (30 hours)

  • Flexible working hours and days

  • We have an office space available at Lockleaze, Bristol and so the role can involve a mix of home working and office working, with flexibility, to be discussed at interview

  • Salary of £23,000 per annum, pro rata

  • Employee Pension Scheme

  • Home base does not need to be within the West of England border, provided the role can be fulfilled but must be within the South West / nearby surrounding areas to the Forest of Avon

  • Expenses paid for approved mileage or travel costs incurred within the West of England

  • Opportunity of a highly creative, varied and exciting role in a growing charity with development and training potential as the charity grows.


Job DescriptionWorking to the Executive Director and other team members work tasks will be quite flexible and will include:



  • Website content

  • Newsletters

  • Social media

  • Press and PR

  • Supporting business relationships and sponsorships including the Forest of Avon Pledge

  • Promoting all of the above to audiences across the region

  • Communications reporting on the Trees for Climate programme

  • Supporting volunteers who may take on communications and events tasks

  • Developing a bank of project case studies with the team

England’s Community Forests

  • Representing the Forest of Avon and inputting into the national Trees for Climate and England’s Community Forests communications planning and delivery

Design and brand

  • Designing leaflets, posters, annual reports, social media visuals and other templates (working with external agencies, where appropriate)


  • Supporting events planning and promotion

  • Attending events

Supporting partnerships

  • Working with the Admin and Finance Officer to support donor and business sponsor relationships, managing elements of the donor journey, responding to enquiries and thanking donors, recording and reporting on donations and preparing reports, sending out certificates and processing payments. 

General / Administration relating to Trees for Climate programme (and other projects where applicable)

  • Reporting – planting schemes on the pipeline, comms reporting requirements, uploading evidence to sharefile, checks on claims

  • Supporting the Tree and Woodland Officers in searches, procurement etc.

  • Drafting parts of application forms and supporting the applicant journey

  • Arranging site visits and getting forms signed by applicants in a timely manner

  • Filing and keeping files in order on MS Sharepoint

  • Supporting the online regulatory process and timelines with technical input from the Tree and Woodland Officers


  • General administrative tasks, as required to support the Admin and Finance Officer role.


Job Specification

Essential Criteria – evidenced with experience and skills

  • Ability to manage social media accounts, websites, newsletters, press and PR and general communications of a small organisation

  • Ability to undertake limited design work in your role and work with designers

  • Ability to organise events and manage small budgets for these

  • Ability to work proactively with partners and donors to build two way connections and awareness and support for the objectives of the charity

  • Ability to use own initiative, improve systems and work proactively to support the team.

  • Accuracy and attention to detail, keeping data, plans and information in an organised way

  • A professional manner in representing the charity and its work

  • A commitment to the Forest of Avon Trust’s goals and values

Desirable Criteria

  • Access to a vehicle and/or the ability to travel to meetings, events and other commitments in the West of England


The above overview contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organisation such as The Forest of Avon Trust, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably proposed but which are not part of their regular job description.

Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee.


We encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, in particular candidates from communities and catchments in which The Forest of Avon Trust is engaged. We are pleased to be an equal opportunity employer and applications will be considered without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, veteran status or age. The Forest of Avon Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment.


Closing Date: 
Friday, 27 May, 2022 - 17:00
How to Apply: 

Please send a CV and a written statement of your experience set against the essential and desirable criteria above to by 5 pm on Friday 27th May 2022. We reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier than this date.





For more information on the Forest of Avon Trust, please go to:


For more information, please call Alex Stone on 07779 787011.

Contact Person: 
Alex Stone
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
Brickyardwood Barns, Brockley Lane, Chelvey, Somerset, BS48 4AB - please notify us if you are sending an application by post as the post as there may be a few days delay in post reaching the team.